On 5 October 2017, ITPE organised a roundtable discussion and exchange of stakeholders’ experience with the practical application of the e-CF. The event was opened by Luis Fernández-Sanz of the CEPIS Board of Directors, who welcomed the participants, and was followed by three presentations. The presentations included an update about ITPE from Jakub Christoph, an address from the European Commission by André Richier, and an update about CEN and TC428 from Mary Cleary, Chair of the CEN Workshop on ICT Skills . The presentations provided context for the participants and the discussion that followed. The discussion focused on how to work with TC428 as the primary engine to updating the e-CF while maintaining an open mind to the avenues available to advance the IT professionalism agenda in public and private sectors of industry. The discussion concluded with participants agreeing that the success of the e-CF would depend on how it is marketed to private organisations and whether they adopt it.
The event, titled ‘e-CF in Practice: Roundtable Discussion’, provided the participants with valuable information that focused the discussion on the significance of marketing the e-CF to private organisations. The update from Mr Christoph informed the participants about the developments of ITPE and the abilities of ITPE to function as a network to exchange and develop ideas, and also to serve as the network to collaborate and support other organisations in furthering IT professionalism across Europe.
The idea to use ITPE as a network was further developed by Mr Richier in his address to the participants. Mr Richier informed the participants that the European Commission is currently open to collaborating with partners in furthering IT professional standards. He alsocalled for the participants to use ITPE’s network to coordinate national-level efforts across Europe. He stressed that a more unified approach across Europe is more likely to be successful, as it brings a greater incentive to adopt the e-CF if it is accepted as common practice. Mr Richier’s address was then followed by Ms Cleary’s update on CEN and TC428. Her update built on the previous presentations. Ms Cleary highlighted the importance of providing inputs from different stakeholders for TC428 work, and named ITPE as a network that could channel valuable opinions to the standards body. She noted that it organisations like ITPE should coordinate and promote the uptake of IT professionals standards.
After the presentations, the event opened up to a roundtable discussion that focused on sharing ITPE members’ experience in using the e-CF, coordinating efforts between members in order to advance the IT professionalism agenda. During the discussion, participants agreed that a considerable degree of the e-CF's success would depend on how it is marketed to private organisations and whether they adopt it. Moreover, private organisations will uptake of the e-CF if it is linked with employment outcomes, the recruitment process, and incorporated into the hiring practice of HR specialists. At the end of the discussion, CEPIS restated ITPE's commitment to furthering IT professionalism and engaging with all stakeholders interested in this agenda.